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Windows 10, and what it means to web developers

Posted: June 1st 2015

It's Monday, and when we sat down with our coffees this morning, we were greeted with a little icon in the taskbar - an icon that read "Get Windows 10".

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This is because the free release is just round the corner, and Microsoft gave Windows 7 and 8 users all over the world today a chance to sign up for their free download, as and when the new operating system is launched, of course.

New features:

Project Spartan

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I'm really excited for this feature. Project Spartan is a new web browser exclusive to Windows 10, and is tipped to revolutionise and replace the Internet Explorer browser. It has a brand new rendering engine, which Microsoft tell us is "designed to work with the way the web is written today". It has a built-in annotation and commenting feature, which means that instead of sending around emails and screenshots, we can fill our web pages with notes and then share them with ease. This should make our day-to-day web design activities just that little bit easier, especially when it comes to sharing large projects between our developers. Of course, we are ready for the revolution, and cannot wait to show off the quality of our websites on Project Spartan!

Windows Universal apps

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Windows Universal apps allow developers to build a single app to run across multiple Windows platforms; namely smartphones, tablets (such as the Microsoft Surface), and of course, the PC. This is great for all developers, as application development is a quicker, more effective process, and it may even be possible for us take part in building our own Windows Universal applications in the near future.

Microsoft HoloLens

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Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully-untethered, see-through holographic computer. It makes holograms come to life through a headset, and completely blurs the lines between technology and reality. Due for release later this year, the HoloLens is definitely one to watch out for!

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